She's the inspiration for the Palladin family's love of cooking- the family pasta business Talluto's is the absolute best place for authentic italian goods!
She was one of a few people who got the very first taste of the characters in BAGGAGE back in Tarrytown. Creative writing class was their birthplace and in a sense this woman is their Godmother. Thanks to her letter in the mail (yes we're THAT generation) asking me what happened to the character Veronique I finished it because... well...I too needed to know.